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The three largest aircraft in the world

Let’s take a look at top three world’s largest aircrafts up to this day.

3rd place: Airbus A380

The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by Airbus. It is the world's largest passenger airliner, and the airports at which it operates have upgraded facilities to accommodate it. It was initially named Airbus A3XX and designed to challengeBoeing's monopoly in the large-aircraft market. The A380 made its first flight on 27 April 2005 and entered commercial service in October 2007 with Singapore Airlines.

The height of the aircraft is 24.08 meters, length - 72.75 (80.65) meters, a wingspan of 79.75 meters. A380 can make non-stop flights to a distance of 15 400 km. Capacity - 525 passengers in three classes; 853 passengers in odnoklassovoy configuration. cargo modification A380F is also provided with the ability to carry loads up to 150 tons at a distance of 10 370 km.

The A380's wing is sized for a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) over 650 tonnes to accommodate these future versions, albeit with some strengthening required on the A380F freighter

VIDEO: Inside the A380's cabin

2nd place: Hughes H-4 Hercules

The Hughes H-4 Hercules (also known as the "Spruce Goose"; registration NX37602) is a prototype strategic airlift flying boat designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft Company. Intended as a transatlantic flight transport for use during World War II, it was not completed in time to be used in the war. The aircraft made only one brief flight on November 2, 1947, and the project never advanced beyond the single example produced. Built from wood because of wartime restrictions on the use of aluminium and concerns about weight, it was nicknamed by critics the "Spruce Goose", although it was made almost entirely of birch.

In 1942, the U.S. War Department needed to transport war materiel and personnel to Britain. Allied shipping in the Atlantic Ocean was suffering heavy losses to German U-boats, so a requirement was issued for an aircraft that could cross the Atlantic with a large payload. Wartime priorities meant the aircraft could not be made of strategic materials (e.g., aluminum)

General characteristics

Crew: three
Length: 218 ft 8 in (66.65 m)
Wingspan: 320 ft 11 in (97.54 m)
Height: 79 ft 4 in (24.18 m)
Fuselage height: 30 ft (9.1 m)
Empty weight: 250,000 lb (113,399 kg)


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